Celebrating 50 years since the 1st moon landing

Posted on August 12th, 2019 - Fiona

In celebration of 50 years of landing on the Moon we have 2 great books to giveaway for kids with an interest in space travel and the history of how we went to the moon. From the nonfiction experts at Quarto Kids enjoy “When we walked on the Moon” and “The Race to Space”. Both books Look back at the events of 50 years ago but from a very different perspective. Read on to discover more and for your chance to win both.

The Race to Space and When we Walked on the Moon Books  

When we walked on the Moon

You know a book is going to grab your attention when it starts like this:

“More than 5,000 rockets have been blasted into space, but only twelve people have ever been lucky enough to walk on the Moon and look up at Earth.”

When we walked on the Moon is full of amazing facts and attention grabbing sentences like this all the way through. It shares all six manned moon landings focusing on the experience of the astronauts. Discover the heroic triumphs and perilous dangers which they had to overcome in language kids can relate to supported by modern illustrations on every page.   

 

When we walked on the Moon book

The Race to Space

In the Race to Space the reader gains a real insight into the politics behind landing on the moon. Discover the inter country rivalry and cooperation needed to make the most famous missions come to fruition. Focusing on the efforts of the two superpowers this book will give you the politics, science and human impact of travelling into space with a handy timeline recap at the end. This book is a must for any space enthusiast that wants to understand the full social science behind the big space missions. Child friendly language and compelling illustrations make a difficult topic understandable.   

The Race to Space Book

Need to know

When we Walked on the Moon
The Race to Space
RSP£12.99£12.99
Age Range7 – 108 – 11
AuthorDavid LongClive Gifford
IllustratorSam KaldaPaul Daviz
Product Details

 

Hardback

80 pages

Product dimensions 31.2 x 1.1 x 24.5 cm

 

Hardback

64 pages

Product dimensions 21.5 x 1.5 x 30.2 cm

Stockists

 

Quarto Online

Amazon

 

Quarto Online

Amazon

ISBN978-1786030917978-1786038890
PublisherWide Eyed : quarto KidsWords and Pictures : Quarto Kids

 

When we walked on the Moon and The Race to Space in preview

Win your copy of both books & celebrate 50 years since the 1st Moon landing with Quarto Kids & Coombe Mill

For your chance to win both of these educational books simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

When we walked on the Moon and the Race to Space Books

Disclosure

I was sent our copies of the books for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Coombe Mill guests can enjoy our dark skies and a copy of the books  from our games room library.

 


Let’s Go Lotto from Orchard Toys

Posted on July 29th, 2019 - Fiona

Our friends at orchard toys have a super new game out this season we think you’ll love. Let’s Go Lotto explores 4 different forms of transport for young enthusiasts. Choose the train, boat, bus or plane, fill it with passengers and grab a ticket and you’ll be off. As always Orchard Toys bring the perfect balance of education and fun to their latest game which is perfect for 2 – 5 years. To discover more about Let’s Go Lotto and for your chance to win a game for your kids just read on.

 

Let's Go Lotto Orchard Toys

The Rules for Let’s Go Lotto

Memory game meets Lotto in this fun travel game. Here’s how to play:

  1. Piece together your chosen mode of transport, there is bus, boat, plane and train to choose from.

  2. Place passenger and ticket cards face down on the table.

  3. Take turns to turn over a square passenger card and see if it matches a passenger on your board.

  4. If it is a match place it on your board, if not place it back face down on the table.

  5. When your passengers are all on board, choose a ticket. The first to match their ticket with their full bus, train, plane or boat is the winner and ready to set off on their journey.  

Let's Go Lotto ready to play

 

Educational Benefits we Love

  • Develops matching and memory skills

  • Encourages observational skills

  • Supports personal and social skills

Playing Let’s Go Lotto

 

Additional resources.

Why not hop over to the Orchard Toys page for Let’s Go Lotto where you can watch their video of the game, download the rules and this fun to colour picture.

plane and boat line drawing

Need to Know

RSP£8.00
AccreditedTeacher Tested
Contents
  • 4 jigged transport boards
  • 20 passenger cards
  • 4 ticket cards
  • 1 instruction leaflet
Players2 – 4
Age Range2 – 5
Green credentials80% recycled materials
To CleanWipe with a damp cloth
Produced and stocked byOrchard Toys

 

Win your Let’s Go Lotto Game from Orchard Toys with Coombe Mill

For your chance to win this educational lotto game simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Orchard Toys Let’s go Lotto Game

Disclosure

We were sent our copy of Let’s Go Lotto for the purpose of this review. Our game can be found in the Coombe Mill Games room for our holiday guests to borrow. 

 


Musical Animals from Baby to Love

Posted on July 15th, 2019 - Fiona

Finding new and innovative toys from birth upwards isn’t that easy. Toys need to be primarily safe, but also engaging for baby’s discovery in the first few years of life. We thing we may have found the perfect toy.  Musical Animals from Baby To Love.  This adorable collection introduces babies and young children to the delights of the animal world in a safe, imaginative and soothing form.

 

Musical Animals from Baby to Love

Meet the Musical Animals 

Choose from Madeleine, Luca, Achille, Vincent and Jean. Each has a music box stored away inside them surrounded by a super soft textured animal in rounded form. These delightful animals come in a variety of pastel colours related to their wild animal equivalent and are sure to be a popular addition to any bedroom or playroom

 

Musical animal toys for babies

 

Each animal boasts a different soothing melody. Simply pull the cord from the underneath of the animal and the tune will begin to play.  Madeleine the Whale plays Swan Lake, Jean the Toucan flies in the sky to Over the Rainbow and Achille the Crocodile, who we have, plays the gentle Fur Elise.

 

crocodile baby toy with musical pull cord

What we love

  • Educational for tiny tots:

  • Helps to stimulate curiosity.

  • Helps sensory development of vision, hearing and tactility.

  • Beautifully crafted with no sharp edges.

  • Soft yet durable.

  • Would make a great present for a baby shower or first birthday party.

Here’s how my Nephew enjoyed meeting Achille the Crocodile

Need to Know

RSP

£30.95

Age Range0 – 4
Made inFrance
ManufacturerBaby to Love
Product MaterialsOutside: PU, interior: polyester fiber
StockistsBaby to Love online shop

 

Win your Choice from the Musical Animals range with Baby to Love and Coombe Mill

For your chance to win one of these cute and soothing animals for your little one or as a gift to someone you know, simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Musical Animal toy from Baby to Love

 

Disclosure

We were sent our Musical animal: Achille the crocodile for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Achille can be found in the Coombe Mill Games room toy box for all our holiday guests to enjoy.  

 


Games on the Go from Lonely Planet Kids

Posted on July 1st, 2019 - Fiona

Travelling with kids can be tiresome unless you are well prepared. No parent wants to hear, “Are we nearly there yet” or “I’m bored” when you’ve hardly left the house. Technology can be a huge help with DVD players and tablets, however as a great alternative Lonely Planet Kids have come up with “Games on the Go”. These comprise of a compact boxed set of 40 reusable wipe clean cards and an erasable pen.  The whole lot is smaller than a tablet or portable DVD and perfect to pop in your handbag ready for those moments where you need to entertain those in the back seats.  

To find out more about these great value wipe clean card games and for a chance to win yourself a set read on.

Games on the Go from Lonely Planet Kids

What are Games on the Go?

Each of the 40 wipe clean reusable cards contains a drawing exercise, brainteaser or puzzle. They are perfect to keep young minds working and keep them busy on just about any form of travel. Whether you are in the car, aeroplane or train, they are easy to bring out and use. The cards are designed for a mix of ages so you may need to shuffle through to find the ones most suitable for your child. From counting to creating, word search to country identification, there is enough variety and complexity to span the age groups.

 

Contents of Games To Go

What we love

  • Compact
  • Great value
  • Educational
  • Something for all ages
  • Easy to use
  • Reusable
  • Develops creativity and logical thinking
  • Answer card included separate to question cards.
  • Can be used anywhere

Video demonstration using Games To Go


 

Need to know

RSP£8.99 
Age SuitabilityAge 5 upwards
Product specifications

Contents: Box with 40 wipe clean cards, 1 erasable pen

Paper from responsible sources and certified by Forest Stewardship Council

Dimensions: 120.65mm × 165.1mm

CuratorLonely Planet Kids
StockistsLonely Planet Kids Online shop, Amazon, Wordery, World of Books
ISBN9781788683296

 

Win your Games on the Go box set from Lonely Planet Kids and Coombe Mill

For your chance to win these lovely Games on the Go box set to make travelling anywhere more fun with your children simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Games on the Go from Lonely Planet Kids

Disclosure

We were given a set of the Game to Go for the purpose of this review however all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. The Coombe Mill set can be borrowed from the games room for travelling on fun days out in Cornwall.


The Lost Book of Adventure

Posted on June 17th, 2019 - Fiona

For anyone who has a desire to be at one with nature, to embrace their wild side and free their inner spirit, The Lost book of Adventure is a must have. Packed with nearly 200 illustrated pictures, this book is the ultimate survival guide for living on the wild side as far as you dare. It is written from experience and will appeal from children to adults. A lifetimes work uncovered and painstakingly re created as the bible for the adventurous. It has been heralded as “A love letter to the Wild” by The Bookseller and “Fact book of the month” by National Geographic Kids. No wonder Quarto Kids publishing are keen to share this Gem.

If you have an adventurous child in your family who enjoys campfires and den building, this is the perfect book to inspire their wild side. Read on to discover more and for your chance to win a copy.

The Lost book of Adventure

More about the extraordinary Lost Book of Adventure

The origins of this book are quite extraordinary. I am always keen to see who the author is on a book, this one simply states “from the notebooks of the Unknown Adventurer” which had me curious. It turns out the contents of the book originate from a chest discovered in the Amazon by Teddy Keen. Notes, journals and sketchbooks have been carefully pieced together by Teddy on behalf of the unknown author to create this comprehensive resource.

The book is packed with highly illustrative tips on every aspect of outdoor survival. Whether you are wild camping, raft building, exploring off the beaten track or simply making a fire pit in the garden there is guidance here to help you. It is well laid out as a reference book for the activities you want to research and one to return to time and time again. It takes the reader right from basics like what type of knife to carry and how to hold and use it safely, to how to build a wild camp.  

The Lost book of Adventure

What we love

  • Sheer scale of topics covered
  • Written from experience
  • Inspires children to embrace adventure
  • Helpful safety tips for wild explorers
  • Beautiful illustrations on every page
  • Easy to take inspiration and apply to your own adventure

Taking inspiration from The lost Book of Adventure

It was flicking through my copy of the Lost Book of Adventure that prompted my Den building and Campfire Activity Hour session here on the farm. It was easily one of the most enjoyed sessions here and showed me just how much kids love the chance to embrace their wild side.

 

den building and campfire cooking

Need to Know

RSP £20.00
Book Format Hardback192 Pages, Size: 8.268 in x 10.63 in / 210 mm x 270 mm
Age Range Age 7 – 11
AuthorUnknown Adventurer
Edited by Teddy Keen
PublisherQuarto Kids (Frances Lincoln)
ISBN9781786032966
StockistsQuarto Kids online   Book Depository, Amazon, Waterstones

 

Video insight into The Lost Book of Adventure

 

Win your copy of The Lost book of Adventure with Quarto Kids and Coombe Mill

For your chance to win a copy of this wonderful resource for wild adventures, simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

The Lost Book of Adventure

Disclosure

We were sent a copy of The Lost book of Adventure for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

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